Burscough Remembrance Events

Posted by Phil Marshall on 26/10/2018 12:00

A series of special events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War will be held in the first two weeks of November, at St John the Baptist Church Burscough and throughout the local community. The events will include local commemorative displays, a national art exhibition, and a performance of the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe WW1 play 'Brothers in Arms'.

The centenary events start with a special Remembrance 100 Exhibition, open daily from Thursday 1st to Tuesday 13th November.  The exhibition will mark military and civilian service during WW1, WW2 and more recent conflicts, featuring military uniforms and items, medals, and stories of those who served. The national art installation 'There But Not There' will also be hosted as a tribute to the Fallen.

A special local commemorative project, 'Everyone Remembered', has been developed in partnership with the Royal British Legion and other churches and businesses in Burscough. This will remember every one of the military personnel from Burscough and the surrounding area who died in WW1. At St Johns and throughout the village there will be remembrance cards of each individual, and window displays decorated with knitted poppies. Booths supermarket will also feature a special exhibition acknowledging the sacrifice of the war horses which passed through the area on their way to the Western Front.

David BanburyA series of evening events will also be held at St Johns church. On Friday 2nd November at 7:30pm, Rev David Banbury and Pete Tomkinson will be sharing stories of their time in the British Army serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their recollections, 'Faith Under Fire', should prove to be both thought provoking and humorous.   

There will be two film nights showing, on Saturday 3rd and Saturday 10th Nov from 7pm. The first, Joyeux Noel (cert.12), follows the events surrounding the Christmas Truce of 1914. The following week's showing will be Hacksaw Ridge (cert.15, with some graphic scenes of warfare), a true story of an army medic's inspiring heroism in WW2. Both 'Faith and Film' nights will be followed by informal discussion for anyone who wishes to stay and talk about the issues explored in the films.

On Friday 9th Nov at 7:30pm the church will host a talk all about itself! St John the Baptist Church was built in the commemorative style of the 'Waterloo Churches' marking Wellington's victory over Napoleon, whilst the wonderful East window was installed as a remembrance gift from the local community to commemorate the end of WW1. Local historian David Orritt will present an illustrated talk all about the building and those commemorated in the stained glass window.

The closing event, fresh from its sell-out run at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, will be a performance of 'Brother in Arms' at 7:30pm on Tuesday 13th November. As a recent review put it,"Powerful, poignant, inspiring... one of the best shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Not to be missed!" The play tells the true story of the Chavasse brothers who served with great distinction in WW1, weaving a tale of courage, service, sacrifice and faith. Tickets cost £3 and are available from the church office, with all proceeds going to forces charities.  

Finally, there will be a series of commemorative services throughout the day on Remembrance Sunday, 11th November, with communion and family worship at 9am and 10:50am, a Churches Together Service at the Burscough War Memorial at 2pm, followed by a Civic Remembrance Service at St John's at 3pm during which all of the names of those recorded on the village war memorial will be remembered. 

David Banbury, former soldier and now serving vicar at St John the Baptist Church, reflects,"I feel proud to commend the Remembrance 100 events to everyone, and I hope they will prove a fitting tribute to all those who have served. They give us reason to remember with gratitude every one who gave their lives in the cause of freedom, as well as to thank God for the freedoms we enjoy today."

Full details of all of these can be found on our website at https://www.stjohns-burscough.org/Remembrance/


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